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Eye Care Questions

The following are some eye care questions that we frequently get asked. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us here.

How often do I need my eyes examined?
Depending on the health of the eye and medical conditions, one to two years is recommended. A patient that has medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, macular degeneration, might need to be examined more often.

What is the difference between a spectacle prescription and a contact lens prescription?
A spectacle prescription is determined at a routine well-vision exam or a comprehensive exam. It specifies the power of the eyeglasses. A contact lens prescription is determined only after the completion of a contact evaluation (or fitting), which is a separate specialized service. It specifies the brand of contact lens, the base curve, the diameter, the power, and any special instructions if needed. The spectacle Rx and the contact lens Rx may be quite different for the same patient. An eyeglass prescription normally is valid for two years and a contact lens prescription is valid for one year. Under U.S. law the purchase of all contact lenses requires a valid contact lens prescription written by a qualified eye care practitioner.

How old do I have to be to get LASIK?
It is recommended that patients wait until after the age of 21 or when their prescription is stabilized.

How old do I have to be to get contact lenses?
There is no set age, it is determined by the patient’s responsibility, hygiene, and ability to insert and remove contacts.

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